About the census : Why you should take part in the census

Taking part in the census is your chance to help make sure you and your community get the services you need for the next 10 years and beyond.

The census helps show what we need

The information you give in the census helps provide the best picture of the needs of everyone in England and Wales.

Organisations such as local authorities and charities use this picture to plan and fund the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it’d be much more difficult to do this.

Important information:

You can read more about how the Mental Health Foundation and London Fire Brigade use census data to support and protect communities.

You must complete the census by law

It is an offence to supply false information or to not complete the census, and you could be fined up to £1,000. Some questions are clearly labelled as voluntary. It is not an offence if you do not answer these.